ON Sunday morning, the 11th of November at 10:30am in St Marys Garden of Remembrance, the final preparations were put in place for the Remembrance Sunday Ceremony.
Starting with each flag hung on its proper poles; Ireland, An Garda Siochana, The United Nations, The Durlas Eile Eliogarty Memorial Committee, Lebanon, The EU, The Order of Malta , The Royal British Legion .
The next job was to set up the public address system, and to make sure that we had a back up plan in place if our first plan fails.
The area then got its final clean up and we were ready to go.
Then it was down to the Cathedral of the Assumption to sort out the seven readers and two people to bring up the gifts.It was then time for the colour party to rehearse before the mass starts.
The trumpet player was in place and all the invited guests in their seats when his Grace Dr .Dermot Clifford, the Arch Bishop Of Cashel And Emly, began our Mass.
After Mass, the joint colour party, drawn from the United Nations Veterans Associations North Tipperary branch Post No 18 and members of the Order of Malta Thurles and invited guests, marched to St marys Garden of Remembrance for part two of the ceremony.
The colour party was led by parade commandor Mr Pat Walsh, with Charlie Parsons on the trumpet, and members of Oglaigh Naisuinta Na Heireann Tteoranta, the United Nations Veterans Associations and invited guests.
The Archbishop arrives and is greeted by John Wort, President of the memorial committee. John escorts his grace over to meet with Rev Peter Cole-Baker. Cllr. Jim Ryan M,C calls on Vice Chairman of the memorial committee Cllr David Doran, and Deputy Mayor of Thurles Town council to address the gathering, followed by Counciler Michael Cleary Mayor of Thurles Town Council.
The Archbishop and the Rev Coal-Baker read prayers for all who died in all wars, all who died in the service of peace with the United Nations, all an Garda Siochana who died in the line of duty, and all deceased members of the Order of Malta world wide.
Dr Clifford and Rev Peter Coal-Baker then blessed St Mary’s Garden of Remembrance and all memorials erected to all who have fallen in the quest for peace and justice.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.